Outlast 2's official artwork

If you're were hoping to run through cornfields with night-vision camera in hand and dodge creepy, demented villagers this summer, I'm afraid I have some bad, or perhaps good news depending on your perspective.

In a recently posted Facebook message Red Barrels have announced that Outlast 2 has been delayed until the first quarter of 2017 in order to ensure it ends up being the best horror game it can possibly be and that it "will scare the crap out of you". Here's the whole message:

"We had to make a difficult decision recently. After weighing our options we’ve decided to postpone Outlast 2’s release until Q1 of 2017.

We want you to know that we listen to your feedback, we see your excitement and we know you care about our work. Our mission as an indie studio is to deliver to you the best, most terrifying, most fulfilling experiences possible. That’s why we’re taking just a little bit more time to make sure our vision for Outlast 2 is in no way compromised and is the experience you deserve.

This is not the type of news we ever want to deliver, but we are so fully committed to the world we’ve built and to our awesome community that we could not, in good conscience, release a game who’s limits haven’t been tested to the extreme.

Thank you for understanding. We promise Outlast 2 will scare the crap out of you."

While you wait for the release date to finally roll on by, here's a couple of gameplay videos captured during this year's E3 to give you a bit of an idea of what Outlast 2 is all about. The first one is a brief introduction to the setting and the crazy locals you're going to have to deal with, while the second one is a much more exciting and dangerous cornfield chase. Enjoy!